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Fall 2013-2014
* GEO 102A / ENV 102A (STN)  

Climate: Past, Present, and Future

Michael L. Bender
Daniel M. Sigman

An introduction to the processes and conditions that control Earth's climate; an overview of past climate evolution from the time of Earth's origin to the period of human history; and an investigation of ongoing climate changes and those predicted for the future, including the capacity of human activities to alter climate and the impacts of climate change on environment and society. Intended primarily for students not concentrating in science or engineering. 102A: three lectures per week

Sample reading list:
Kump, L.R., Kasting & J.F., Crane, R. G. (2010), The Earth System, 3rd Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall
Archer, D. & Rahmstorf, S. (2010) Cambridge Univ. Press, The Climate Crisis: An Introductory Guide to Climate Change
Wilson, R.C.L., Drury, S.A. & Chapman, J.L. (2000), The Great Ice Age, Routledge (Open Univ. Press) London

Reading/Writing assignments:
Note: all readings from this text will be posted in the online course reserves. Students not taking the lab option (102B), are required to complete two research papers based on books from the popular science press, as approved by the instructors.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 35%
Quizzes - 20%
Papers - 25%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
High School Calculus.

Other information:
One day field trip

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20173 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W F   Guyot Hall   220   Enrolled:7 Limit:30